LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The City of Las Vegas announced Thursday it will receive a $1.4 million federal grant to test new technology to help improve pedestrian safety along Fremont Street.

This is a pilot program, and the city plans to install an AI pedestrian system on the tourist path around the Fremont Street Experience. The city said the location was chosen because of the high pedestrian traffic in the area.

The project detects pedestrians attempting to cross the road and adjusts signal timing and unprotected crosswalk flashing times in real time based on pedestrian volume and speed to create safer crossing times. It is intended to provide a framework.

Congresswoman Dina Titus helped secure funding for the city.

“Thanks to the funding I secured in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, Las Vegas will pilot adaptive technology to significantly reduce pedestrian-related crashes and improve traffic flow along our community's roadways. “I will continue to work in Congress to secure funding for projects that support safe travel for all road users around the Valley,” Titus said.

Meanwhile, visitors we spoke to said new technology could help improve pedestrian safety.

Visitor: “It’s good for safety.” Asa Boucher told me. “Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities need a safe place to walk and do what they need to do.”

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